Photography is a hobby of mine to supplement my outdoor adventures, and although it is impossible to capture all of nature’s grandeur in a photograph, it has definitely made my trips a more invigorating experience.  The trouble with most photographers on the trails or in the backcountry is deciding what gear they want to take with them; after all, those ounces quickly turn into pounds.  Fortunately, I opt for my mirrorless camera over those heavy DSLRs.   However, finding the most efficient way to carry my camera on those long days in the wilderness proved to be another challenge.

I found many different innovative straps and bags tailored to photographers going out on the trails.  Unfortunately, hardly any of these were practical and none of them fit the bill for what I was looking.  Eventually, I came across Peak Design and their Capture camera clips.  Needless to say, I became very interested.

The Peak Design Capture affixed to a user’s belt (photo courtesy of

About Peak Design

Peak Design has an interesting origin story.  According to their webpage, their founder, and CEO, Peter Dering took a trip around the world.  During the four-month span of his trip, he realized how much of a nuisance it was to carry along a DSLR and came up with the idea behind the Capture camera clip.  He took that idea, pitched it on Kickstarter, and soon Peak Design was born.  Today, Peak Design manufactures a variety of camera related gear to include bags, pouches, straps, and their successful Capture clips.

What is the Capture camera clip?

The versatile design of the Capture (photo courtesy of

The Capture is a camera clip that can be latched onto a belt or strap.  It comes with a plate to screw onto your camera, which is then able to snap on/off the Capture with ease.  The plates for the Capture are also compatible with some tripods (a list of compatible tripods can be viewed here).  Check out the following video by Peak Design for a better visual explanation.

Last thoughts

I recently took a short trip traveling the Southwest and came across a few individuals using the Peak Design Capture.  I inquired about their experiences with the gear and all of them claimed it was the best solution to their woes of traveling with DSLRs.  The MSRP of $59.95 for the standard Capture and $79.95 for the CapturePRO doesn’t break the bank, and with all the positive reactions online as well as on the trails, this will likely be a new piece of gear I pick up in the near future.

Do you have any experience with gear from Peak Design?  Let us know what you think!

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AuthorMatt Shin is a former U.S. Army infantryman who has served as a radio telephone operator, automatic rifleman, and fire team leader. Matt now resides in California where he is pursuing his undergraduate degree in American studies. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, backpacking, shooting guns, and photography.  You can follow his work on Instagram (@U.S.Matt).